BLDC: Eviction At 9 Beaches Set For January

December 17, 2016

Noting the proximity of Christmas, the Bermuda Land Development Company [BLDC] said they intend to request that the Bailiff execute the eviction writ at 9 Beaches on January 6, 2017, and added that the BLDC “will turn the electricity back on until that date at its own cost.”

Bailiff's notice Bermuda May 13 2016 (5)

A spokesperson said, “Due to the proximity of Christmas and the New Year, the Bermuda Land Development Company [BLDC] intends to request that the Bailiff execute the writ for the eviction of the occupiers of 9 Beaches on January 6, 2017. Furthermore, BLDC will turn the electricity back on until that date at its own cost.

“This is the culmination of a year-long process as a result of a court order for vacant possession that was granted against IRC Ltd. on December 22, 2015.

“Unfortunately, the principals of IRC Sandys had sub-let the property, and collected the rents, without the consent, authorisation or knowledge of BLDC. In short, these occupiers were never lawful tenants of the BLDC.

“The BLDC returned to court and, on October 11, 2016, the occupiers of the property were given 60 days’ notice to vacate the property. Furthermore, no rent has ever been received, nor expected, from the occupiers by BLDC.

“To date, the BLDC has paid over $50,000 in electricity costs which benefitted these occupiers since May 2016 when the principals of IRC Sandys turned off its BELCO account and BLDC took over responsibility for it.

Francis Mussenden, Chief Executive Officer, BLDC, says, “Coming to this decision was never an easy option and one we’ve tried diligently over the last year to avoid.

“We feel that we have been incredibly lenient with the occupiers and we hope that they have taken the time over the last 12 months to arrange alternate accommodation.

“We decided to allow the occupiers to enjoy the Christmas season on the property before we take vacant possession of our land with a view to fulfilling our mandate to develop this property.”

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  1. Truth is killin' me... says:

    The principals of IRC need to be reprimanded for collecting rents that should have never been collected without the consent of BLDC!!

  2. James H says:

    Why does anyone even bother to pay rent when you can get away without doing so? You can even get free lacko light too! I’m sure there will be a protest in early January and people will be allowed to stay permanently just like that place on the Baselands.

    I guess dishonesty pays.

  3. NO MORE WAR says:

    Wow. This is sad. And what court official gave them an eviction notice for December 2016? That person is heartless. Well done to BLDC for being human. Hopefully this turns out ok on the date of actual eviction.

    • James H says:

      No less heartless than putting them out in the January winter. But what alternative do you have? Should we simply let them live their cos we are nice? In that case I’d like to move in too, I’m fed up with paying rent. I’d like a free ride too!

  4. Triangle Drifter says:

    The free ride is over.

  5. Sandy's resident says:

    Great, soon I should be able to take my child back to the beach without all the unsavory characters around.

  6. Michell says:

    Way they the did not know when the have some has been 16 years

  7. Wayne says:

    To all of you heartless and inconsiderate people making crass comments, have you thought about the INNOCENT in this episode?…..the CHILDREN!!

    The old song about affordable housing is a farce when you consider so many are living under the poverty line.Please don’t feed us that line about “if they got educated they can get better paying jobs to afford better housing”, because MANY of us (and yes, I am using race this time) get educated and end up having to wait tables or make beds with a Masters Degree.

    Poor management and accounting took place to allow this to happen and now we will once again see increased displacement of families and once again Weasel is at the forefront of yet another failure and sell out of his people!

    • Truth is killin' me... says:

      Grow up Wayne and get some balls. Life is full of licks, you get knocked down and stand the hell back up. Nothing in life is free except for death and even then your family has to pay taxes!

    • Bullnose says:

      So there are irresponsible parents there. What a surprise.

    • Comfortably numb says:

      A Master’s degree from some diploma mill state college where you’re given credit for “life experience” won’t cut the mustard in a competitive job market Wayne. All degrees are definitely not equal.

    • Zevon says:

      BLDC should execute the writ now, not wait until Jan 6.

  8. Triangle Drifter says:

    Although 9 beaches has been a total failure busineswise the remarkable thing is the the durability of those tent cottages. Really thought that they would end up on Cambridge’s beach in the very first blow after building them.

    Surprise surprise many storms over.

    So, what happens to the property now? It is prime land for tourism development however that stinking cow farm has to go first.

  9. Really says:

    I am going to take a lot of grief for this comment,but… children count 100% in my books, which is why women should stop having children before they have a plan as to where their life is heading, the children suffer! We are such a holy lot in Bermuda isn’t there something about marriage and children in the Bible? Guess that’s not in the one we read in Bermuda.

    • VJ says:

      Your point is?? I ended up a single mother through divorce, although I was married when I has my kids. My sister is a single mother because her husband died. Being married when you have your children is no guarantee that you won’t end up a single parent. Life happens.

  10. sage says:

    What are squatters rights in this case?

  11. Micro says:

    So does the BLDC have plans to sue IRC Sandys?

  12. Brier says:

    Lucky people.. knock those buildings down….

    • Kathy says:

      Yes, get rid of those unsightly buildings. If they want to keep them and house the poor, perhaps some church can donate some land in Bermuda where they can relocate them rather than knock them down.

      If they can be recycled and reused somewhere else to help these families, then by all means, it should be done. However, it should not be the BLDC who has to foot the bill!

      It is obvious we have a need in Bermuda for housing for the poor, but this was a pristine beach area used by all Bermudians and then it was closed off for unsightly, an un-Bermudian style development, now left to fall apart. Is there any wonder the poor people moved in?